To celebrate the 90th birthday of Queen Elizabeth II, I’m going to list ten of my feminist hopes for Jenna Coleman’s Victoria(2016). The ITV mini -series will be about the early years of Queen Victoria’s reign:
- Queen Victoria will be shown to be a strong woman with her own opinions on how the country should be run. Though I understand that in the early years the young queen will struggle with her new place.
- I would love to see along with the soul mate aspect of Victoria and Albert’s marriage, a true partnership between the royals.
- Victoria had a vibrant personality so I want to see that depicted in way that shows the complications of a woman that must be a ruler, wife, and mother. Especially at a time when men were believed to be the rulers of the all spheres.
- The queen should have true advisors that challenge her because it would be interesting to see her have rigorous debates on policies.
- Queen Victoria hopefully will have vulnerable moments since she was an eighteen girl ascending to the throne contradicting the persona of the Queen of England.
- I would be interested in in seeing how Victoria parented her eight children especially since at that time high born parents were leaving a lot of the work to servants. Queen Victoria said that she hated being pregnant and newborn babies. I wonder if this was a form of postpartum depression.
- I hope the ITV mini-series depicts how Queen Victoria became the national icon for strict standards of mortality a.k.a. Victorian Values.
- The Victorian Era is known for a great period of change in the whole fabric of England. I know Prince Albert had a large part in the Industrial strides, but I hope they show some of Queen Victoria’s roles in these changes.
- Queen Victoria tried to put a minister in to abolish all forms of slavery in England, but failed. I hope that the mini-series depicts her struggle in trying to push these liberal laws through especially since on the surface the queen seems quite conservative.
- There seemed to be a lot of scandal about affairs in the early court of Queen where she revealed her tight morality, which would be great drama.